San Antonio Wolf Trap - Inspires Learning

theArtsFund, supports the future success of San Antonio’s youth by encouraging lifelong growth and development through arts education.

The use of Performing Arts integration techniques has proven to benefit students and teachers:

  • Increases teacher retention and engagement
  • Improves student reading comprehension and fluency
  • Increases student self-confidence and sense of self-worth
  • Increases creativity, motivation, and enthusiasm for learning
  • Improves student patience, persistence, and ability to listen
  • Strengthens student work ethic and ability to work in teams

    Arts integration is proven to be especially effective with at-risk and low income youth. 6 out of 17 school districts in Bexar County are considered economically disadvantaged, this is why the majority of our residencies are within these districts. 

    Economically disadvantaged students score dramatically lower on STAAR tests than do their non-economically disadvantaged counterparts, but obstacles can be overcome, and through the use of arts-based practices utilized in the San Antonio Wolf Trap Early Learning program. 

    San Antonio Wolf Trap in Action

    San Antonio Wolf Trap Early Learning Through the Arts -

    Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts is a program of Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.

    Our Teaching Artists partner with teachers and parents to incorporate the arts into children’s daily experiences, the Wolf Trap Institute’s arts-based teaching method taps into children’s innate desire for active, multi-sensory learning. Children literally embody STEM concepts by singing and dancing, and they engage their imaginations through puppetry, story dramatization, and role play.

    A high-quality, arts-based early education program, San Antonio Wolf Trap, provides professional development for Pre-K teachers to improve kindergarten readiness of their students. Children well-prepared for Kindergarten are proven to achieve higher third grade test scores, increased graduation rates, and an increased completion of college.  Bringing San Antonio Wolf Trap Early Learning Through the Arts residencies to school districts throughout the city, we are establishing a much-needed connection between arts and education to turn around the lower performing schools in San Antonio.

    What is Wolf Trap? And what are the Wolf Trap Institute’s arts-based teaching methods ?

         Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts is a program of Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Wolf Trap, VA. 

         The Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts (Institute) is a recognized national model for utilizing the performing arts to promote young children’s cognitive, emotional, and physical development and school readiness while enhancing educators’ instructional skills through effective arts-integrated professional development.  The Wolf Trap Institute received a major grant from the U.S. Dept. of Education to develop a program that uses performing arts-based techniques to improve math skills, the foundation for all science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning—a nationwide priority.  

         In a controlled study conducted over four years by the American Institutes for Research, Wolf Trap’s Early Learning Through the Arts program was proven to have a statistically significant, positive impact on students’ math achievement. 

          In a very significant piece of recognition by the Department of Education, that speaks volumes to the reputation and impact of Wolf Trap programs is the inclusion as a case example on page 19-20 of the guidance for Title IV, under allowable uses of funds for Activities to Support Well-Rounded Educational Opportunities in the recent ESSA, Every Student Suceeds Act report,  section 4107. 

    Academic improvements are achieved by:

    • Teaching pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students with the Wolf Trap model
    • Linking arts education to mathematics coursework
    • Increasing teacher enthusiasm - Improving classroom interaction
      • Watch the demonstration hosted at the Southside Pre-K 4 SA Facility :

      San Antonio Wolf Trap DEMO @ Pre-K 4 SA 

      Link to Wolf Trap's Online Community

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